Dead Animals
Mother & Child Reunion

The same educational supply company that sold me the rat bodies, also sold me a fetal pig.

During the 1980s, ready-to-dissect fetal pig bodies were a common sight in North American schools. In fact, embalmed piglets were so plentiful that anybody could buy one, dissect it, freeze-dry it and use it to make art.

To illustrate this point, I placed the upper torso of a dissected and freeze-dried fetal pig into an electric frying pan that was filled with bacon and lard.

PICTURE: photo of frying pan containing bacon, lard and a freeze-dried fetal pig with a thermometer inserted in its skull

The idea for this sculpture was born when I learned that slaughtered pregnant sows were butchered into meat and lard, while their unborn offspring went off to become teaching supplies.